Our services relate to the user experience, user interface design, and system safety, including:
Usability testing is a method used to evaluate a product by testing it on it's intended users. Usability testing offers a valuable glimpse into a product's design and reveals how easy and efficiently users are able to use the product. We perform complete and objective usability assessments of hardware and software to include full software suites, individual software components, websites, user interfaces, and other sites of human-computer interaction. Our usability testing process is both iterative and human-centered, with an emphasis on collaboration with the intended audience to ensure that the end product is well understood, easy to operate, functional, and attractive to the end user.
User Interface Design
User interface design is the engineering of computers, machines, software applications websites, and more, with a focus on a user’s experience and interaction with the product. The goal of an effective user interface design is to create an efficient, simple interaction between the user and product, while supporting the user’s mental model of what how the interaction should look and feel. We offer comprehensive design, development, and testing of human-centered user interfaces for software and hardware applications. HF Designworks-developed user interfaces have been integrated in a wide range of environments, including military systems, software for commercial hardware devices, wearable computers, and more. All interfaces created by HF Designworks undergo rigorous usability testing and collaboration with intended users to ensure maximum usability and proper, functional, human-centered design.
HF Designworks offers complete development of both hardware and software prototypes, ranging from simple and intuitive graphical user interface feature icons to full-scale computer systems (to include ground and air asset control stations) and novel user interfaces (to include wearable computers). Both hardware and software prototypes are developed with the strictest adherence to military and commercial design standards, and undergo rigorous usability and human engineering assessments to ensure maximum usability and system safety.
In addition to evaluating the usability of a system or user interface, we also offer stand alone heuristic evaluations based on experience, lessons learned, and current design trends as well as benchmark evaluations to compare a client’s design with those of the competition.
Software and Web Development
HF Designworks offers a wide range of expertise in software and web development, ranging from desktop to mobile applications. Our team has in-depth expertise in key technologies and languages including Java, PHP, .NET, C#, and iOS and Android development tools. Our web design and development team includes web designers, graphic artists, and user interface professionals.
System Safety Assessment
We offer complete systems-based analyses of small and large-scale systems considering risk assessment and user safety. This analysis can be applied to a broad range of environments, including both hardware and software system safety. Ideally, our system safety assessments begin early in the conceptual design phase of a system, and continue with full support throughout the development, testing, and production of the system – ensuring the most complete assessment while trying to avoidance potential risks and hazards before they make it to the product stage. Our system safety practitioners have experience working with both commercial and government clients to include both safety analysis and system safety program development for engineering organizations.